The Persano Oasi is located in the Piana del Sele, between the Picentini Mountains and the Alburni Mountains. Together with the adjacent Military property, the nature reserve form a large green isle that has preserved its natural characteristics. The area rich in biodiversity is characterized by a mosaic of herbaceous, arboreal and shrub-like vegetation that can be seen inside the Natural Reserve and in its immediate surroundings. The Lake has been colonized by many water plants like the longleaf pondweed, the Eurasian watermilfoil, and the hornwort that plays an important role in the diet of vegetarian birds like coots and diving ducks.
The hygrophilous wood is considered one of the most important of the country. It acts as an important buffer zone during flooding. The principal arboreal species of the woodland include black poplars black alder, and willow species including white willows and purple willows. Noteworthy are the thirteen species of wild orchids that grow in the reserve. The ecological value of the nature reserve is for the conservation of its most important inhabitant, the European otter. The species is at high risk of extinction in the country.
Visiting the nature reserve
Guided tours start at the Visitors Center, from here visitors are taken along the nature trails. There are two trails which can be visited: the first one, on the left bank of the river, runs along wide meadows and includes three observation huts facing the lake and two others in front of the woodland; the second trail is about 400 meters long and runs through the groove of reeds and hosts three observation huts that give visitors the opportunity to observe birds at a close distance without creating disturbance. Visitors may also reach an elevated viewing point, the ideal location for watching the diving ducks!
- The best time to visit is during the migratory pass in autumn and spring. During these periods great numbers of birds concentrate in the nature reserve.
|From October to May
|10:00 - 15:00
|From May to September
|9:00 - 17:00